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Should my sprained ankle still be unable to bear weight one week later?

Should my sprained ankle still be unable to bear weight one week later?

Possibly: For a more severe sprain, weightbearing may take several weeks. I would recommend evaluation by a specialist to make sure you only have a sprain. ...Read more

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Dr. Payam Rafat
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Sprain (Definition)

A sprain is a medical term that describes an injury to soft tissue structures in the area. Common examples are a lumbar sprain, in which you might injure muscles in your back; or an ankle sprain in which you could injure ligaments about the ankle. Sprains can be from mild to severe, and so ...Read more


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Is it normal that my sprained ankle is still be unable to bear any weight a week later?

Is it normal that my sprained ankle is still be unable to bear any weight a week later?

Sprained ankle: Treating sprained ankles has changed over the years mostly due to professional athletes. You need to see a doctor. The days of "just walk it off" are over. With treatment, you will be healed in 3 weeks, just like a pro. ...Read more

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4 weeks post Grade 2/3 High ankle sprain, still on crutches unable to bear weight,Does this seem normal? already received MRI and did extensive damage

4 weeks post Grade 2/3 High ankle sprain, still on crutches unable to bear weight,Does this seem normal? already received MRI and did extensive damage

Normal: Sprain are actually harder and longer to heal than fractures. Sprains are ruptured muscle fibers that bleed into the belly of the sprained muscle and cause swelling and pain. The problem is that in order to heal, the muscle can't be totally immobilized as can a bone (i.e. via cast or fixation). It will take time. ...Read more

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2nd grade ankle sprain. Limped around from day 1 and continued to let ankle bear weight. Now, 5th week, still have pain walking. What should I do now?

2nd grade ankle sprain. Limped around from day 1 and continued to let ankle bear weight. Now, 5th week, still have pain walking. What should I do now?

Ankle sprain : After the initial sprain, during the acute phase your physician should have recommended rice(rest, ice, compression, elevation). After a couple of weeks , after the swelling goes down , it is very important to strengthen the ligaments by intense physical therapy .If pain persists you may need to see your physician for other treatment options such as a corticosteroid injection and a supportive device. ...Read more

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If i'm unable to bear weight on sprained ankle, how am i supposed to get around?

If i'm unable to bear weight on sprained ankle, how am i supposed to get around?

Crutches: Can use crutches or wheel chair. There are companies that rent 'knee caddies' which are very useful and a nice alternative to crutches. ...Read more

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Ankle sprain occurred 12 days ago but still cannot walk or bear weight on it. I have been using crutches and attempting to walk on it but it gives out?

Ankle sprain occurred 12 days ago but still cannot walk or bear weight on it. I have been using crutches and attempting to walk on it but it gives out?

Ankle injury: I would definitely have that foot evaluated by a physician. You could have sustained a fracture. Also, you may require a cast or boot to stabilize the ankle while it heals. Otherwise you may continue to injure an already injured ankle. Not being able to bear weight is concerning. If there is significant swelling I would seek help as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Sprained ankle 4 weeks ago still swollen and pain that shoots up my leg at times. hurts to put a little weight on it?

Perhaps: Yu should be suing crutches and not stepping on the ankle which sounds like its not a simple strain but rather a grade two or three. Ice as often as possible. Keep it elevated when possible. Is it wrapped up? If not, sounds like it should until the immediate swelling goes down. Walking on a badly sprained and can lead to chronic lateral ankle instability. ...Read more

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4 weeks into a sprained ankle, still swollen, can walk with a limp, some pain. I can bare some weight but no great improvement. Is this normal?

Ankle sprain : I would say ankle sprains are drastically under treated. You are 4 weeks post injury still with pain and swelling. This cn lead to functional instability see your local podiatrist asap. ...Read more

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I've had hard cast for 4 week for severely sprained ankle still hurts, when it comes off fri. Will I be able to put weight on. How long for pain stop?

I've had hard cast for 4 week for severely sprained ankle still hurts, when it comes off fri. Will I be able to put weight on. How long for pain stop?

You should be ok: You'll probably get a walking splint & be scheduled for intensive physical therapy. Let your doc know about your pain, & do keep your therapy appointments. Your sprain should be healing well. I hope that helps. ...Read more

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Sprained ankle 3 weeks cold and pale non weight bearing do I need a ct? Hospital here won't do one.

Sprained ankle 3 weeks cold and pale non weight bearing do I need a ct? Hospital here won't do one.

I'm not sure you : Have to rush for a CT scan, wh at has been done so far for it? Are pulses palpable I n the foot. Is there discoloration? Swelling? Is there pain? Has it been immobilized? ...Read more

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One week post ankle sprain. Swelling pain and bruises still there. New symptom is burning sensation. Is this normal? What causes this?

One week post ankle sprain. Swelling pain and bruises still there. New symptom is burning sensation. Is this normal? What causes this?

Likely normal : It can take a few weeks before the swelling and bruising completely subside. The burning sensation is likley sign of local nerves being under pressure from the excess blood and swelling in and around the ankle joint. This should also subside as the other symptoms due. If the burning sensation, swelling, bruising are worsening would suggest seeing your doctor. ...Read more

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I turned my ankle tumbling and its swelled,minorly bruised and I can't bear weight. What grade ankle sprain is this?

I turned my ankle tumbling and its swelled,minorly bruised and I can't bear weight. What grade ankle sprain is this?

Seek Examination: Unfortunately, your condition requires further examination. A clinical examination correlated with x-rays are needed to determine your ankle sprain grade if you have, in fact, actually sprained your ankle. For now, rest, ice, elevate and protect the extremity until you are able to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Hello, I'm a 13 year old boy, with a possible sprained ankle, and I wondered the severity of it. Swollen, no weight bear,instable.. I think, can'twalk?

Hello, I'm a 13 year old boy, with a possible sprained ankle, and I wondered the severity of it. Swollen, no weight bear,instable.. I think, can'twalk?

Time for a visit: At your age you are more likely to have a chip fracture of growth plate injury in the bones of the lower leg than a sprain. Elevate it when you can and keep it cool for the 1st 48 hours to reduce pain and swelling.However, you need to be examined and possibly an an x-ray to determine the proper therapy. ...Read more

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I got a grade 2 ankle sprain 16 days ago.I can bear weight painless.But when i try to step i feel much pain in my left back of heel. When can I walk?

I got a grade 2 ankle sprain 16 days ago.I can bear weight painless.But when i try to step i feel much pain in my left back of heel. When can I walk?

At least 3 weeks: After an ankle sprain, no weight should be placed on the ankle for at least 3 weeks! And after that weight - bearing should only be in a protected CAM boot or cast. Take it easy and rest your ankle in order to heal properly! ...Read more

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Plaster cast for grade 3 ankle sprain. Still have tremendous pain. Especially when I put weight on it. Is this normal. When will pain stop?

Plaster cast for grade 3 ankle sprain. Still have tremendous pain. Especially when I put weight on it. Is this normal. When will pain stop?

Get checked: This one is for the doctor who casted you. You could have a compartment syndrome which is an emergency. You could have delayed healing of your sprain, granted your ankle/foot was not broken. Please see your doctor as soon as possible or to the emergency room ...Read more

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Sprained ankle on may 2, all non weight bearing, still on crutches and in air cast today i can barely move it passed out 4 days ago from pain?

Be seen: Certainly sounds more than a simple sprained ankle if it has been that long and you are still in severe pain. Consider followup and further imaging studies such as a ct scan or mri; something is not right somewhere. ...Read more

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I had an ankle sprain but I am fine now interma of ability to bear weight etc. My dpm suggests a surgery saying it is needed to avoid djd. Should I?

I had an ankle sprain but I am fine now interma of ability to bear weight etc. My dpm suggests a surgery saying it is needed to avoid djd. Should I?

Ankle surgery: Surgery to stabilize a joint has not been shown to change the rate of osteoarthritis. If you have the surgery it should be to prevent instability episodes in the future. If you have fully rehabilitated the ankle it may no longer be unstable. Instability is a functional loss of control of joint stabilization. Having looseness on examination (laxity) is not the same as functional instability. ...Read more

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56 yo male sprained ankle it's been 5 days. Still less than 20% weight bearing today very red Started vomiting and running fever of 101.4?

56 yo male sprained ankle it's been 5 days. Still less than 20% weight bearing  today very red Started vomiting and running fever of 101.4?

Go to the ER: This could be 'more' than a sprain, and now with a fever and vomiting, it has taken on a new level. Please go to an ER immediately, or call 911 for help. ...Read more

Dr. Wenjay Sung
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Ankle Sprain (Definition)

An injury that occurs when the ankle rolls, twists, or turns ...Read more